UH Hilo Chemistry Placement Assessment
Please read this message before you take this exam. Students may take the assessment once per semester. Be prepared before you begin the assessment by studying the review guide located on this website. This exam is timed for 60 minutes. If you leave the exam during that time you will not gain additional minutes. Once the exam times out you may not take the exam again.
Students who may require accommodations for this (or any) placement assessment should contact the University Disability Services office before taking the assessment.
Who should take the UH Hilo Chemistry Placement Assessment?
Students who are thinking of majoring in Agriculture or any science should take this assessment so that they may register for either CHEM 151 or CHEM 161.
When will assessment scores be uploaded to your student record?
Your score will be manually uploaded to your student record by the Kilohana Coordinator in the order it is received according to the following schedule:
1. If you take the assessment between 3:00 pm on a Monday through 9:00 am on a Thursday your score will be manually uploaded no later than 4:00 pm Thursday.
2. If you take the assessment between 3:00 pm on a Thursday through 9:00 am on a Monday your score will be manually uploaded no later than 4:00 pm Monday.
*If Monday or Thursday is a holiday the scores will be manually uploaded as soon as possible after the holiday.
**Scores will be manually uploaded Monday through Friday (once daily;excluding holidays) during Orientation week and Early Advising/Early Registration week during the regular semester.
Only after your score is manually uploaded can you register for the course you are placed into. Taking your assessment early is strongly advised to allow the Coordinator time to post your score to your student record.
When and where can I take the UH Hilo Chemistry Placement Assessment?
Once you have signed up for a UH username and password, you can take the placement assessment online via Laulima at any time. You will need to follow these instructions to find and take the assessment.
Students may take the assessment once per semester; be prepared before you begin the assessment!
- 10 Sample questions for the Chemistry Placement Assessment
- 25 Sample questions for the Chemistry Placement Assessment
When and how can I get my results?
Your results will be uploaded manually according to the schedule described in the section entitled "When will assessment scores be uploaded to your student record?"
You will see your assessment score when you complete and submit your assessment. Please remember that the score must be manually uploaded on your student record before you can register for the appropriate course.
What is this test and why do I need to take it?
The Chemistry Placement Assessment is a one hour (timed exam) consisting of sixty multiple choice assessment questions that cover general mathematics (20 questions), general chemical knowledge (20 questions), and specific chemical knowledge (20 questions). It is assumed that students have had one full year of high school chemistry and full year of high school algebra.
The purpose of the assessment is assist with the placement of students in college-level general chemistry courses where they will have a high probability of success. Students scoring 32 or above (out of 60, or 53%) will be allowed to register for CHEM 161 (Formerly 124) while those scoring below 32 will be advised to register for CHEM 151 (Formerly 114).
Please contact the Science Coordinator at hellerl[at]hawaii.edu for assistance regarding the Chemistry Placement Assessment.